NRL reveal details of $100,000 Pre-Season Challenge

NRL reveal details of $100,000 Pre-Season Challenge

NRL clubs and St Helens will be vying for an extra prize prior to the season, with the inaugural Pre-Season Challenge officially unveiled on Tuesday.

All 17 teams, as well as the reigning UK Super League champions, will compete in a two-week competition with the winners earning $100,000.

The tournament will encourage ‘open and entertaining play’ with 12 points awarded for a win and six points for a draw, while bonus points will be available if a side scores five or more tries, makes five or more linebreaks or produces ten or more offloads.

The concept will give clubs an added incentive to put their best players on the field during pre-season and give fans something to look forward to prior to the NRL season beginning in early-March.

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“Having 18 teams and the added innovations, prize money and all matches televised live will create an exciting two weeks of football for fans,” NRL CEO Andrew Abdo said.

“The 2023 Pre-Season Challenge offers a new experience for clubs, players and most importantly fans, ahead of another highly anticipated Telstra Premiership in 2023.

“Overt two action packed weekends, we have traditional rivalry matches, the inclusion of St Helens, the Dolphins featuring in pre-season for the first time, the Charity Shield and World Club Challenge to look forward to.”

The tournament will kick off on February 9th with a clash between the Warriors and Tigers, before concluding

Clubs will be limited to 28 players for their opening match and 26 players for their second match.

NRL Pre-Season Challenge 2023 schedule

Week 1

DATE TIME MATCH VENUE
9th Feb 6pm Warriors vs Tigers Mt. Smart Stadium, Auckland
10th Feb 5.55pm Knights vs Sharks Industree Group Stadium, Gosford
10th Feb 8pm Rabbitohs vs Sea Eagles Industree Group Stadium, Gosford
11th Feb 6pm Panthers vs Eels BlueBet Stadium, Penrith
11th Feb 8.05pm Dragons vs St Helens WIN Stadium, Wollongong
12th Feb 1.50pm Storm vs Roosters GMHBA Stadium, Geelong
12th Feb 3.55pm Raiders vs Buldogs Ack Weyman Oval, Moruya
12th Feb 6pm Cowboys vs Dolphins Barlow Park, Cairns
12th Feb 8.05pm Broncos vs Titans Sunshine Coast Stadium

Week 2

DATE TIME MATCH VENUE
17th Feb 5.55pm Knights vs Eels Industree Group Stadium, Gosford
17th Feb 8pm Roosters vs Sea Eagles Industree Group Stadium, Gosford
18th Feb 3.30pm Dragons vs Rabbitohs Glen Willow Oval, Mudgee
18th Feb 6pm Panthers vs St Helens BlueBet Stadium, Penrith
18th Feb 8.10pm Broncos vs Cowboys Sunshine Coast Stadium
19th Feb 12.50pm Warriors vs Storm Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch
19th Feb 2.55pm Tigers vs Raiders Belmore Sports Ground, Sydney
19th Feb 5pm Bulldogs vs Sharks Belmore Sports Ground, Sydney
19th Feb 7.05pm Dolphins vs Titans Kayo Stadium, Redcliffe

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